Feet Washing Ceremony

October 28, 2015

what is a foot washing ceremony

At a recent wedding, one of our couples included something we’d never seen before in our five years shooting weddings: a feet washing ceremony. We thought we’d explain what this ceremony is all about, its symbolism and include some tips for those of you planning to include one at your wedding!

what is a foot washing ceremony

The Feet Washing ceremony is a Christian-based tradition, which is representative of Jesus washing the feet of his disciples in John 13:1-17, as a symbol of love and humility.

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We did some research, and found this article that best explains why a couple might choose to have a foot washing ceremony during their wedding. According to that article from One Flesh Marriage,

Washing your spouse’s feet:

  • Says I love you.
  • Shows that you honor and respect your spouse.
  • Demonstrates a humility of heart and character, kneeling before your spouse.
  • Communicates “I will be here for you through the muck and mud of life”.
  • Places you in a position of prayer (on your knees) a great place to be in marriage.

Having your feet washed:

  • Says you are loved
  • Shows you can receive your spouses support, and won’t “go it alone”
  • Communicates, “I will let you help me”
  • Places you in a position of power, which we need to remember we hold, so we don’t abuse it!*

* Source: One Flesh Marriage


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Some tips for those of you planning to include a feet washing ceremony at your wedding:

  • Be sure to include it in your timeline. It takes about 10-15 minutes to complete, so, factor that into your ceremony time.
  • Have water, a basin and a chair set up.
  • Have a towel ready, to dry off before putting your shoes back on.
  • Get a pedicure before the wedding – yes grooms: this means you, too!

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  4. Brooke Gotkin says:

    Love this so much and I’m doing it at my wedding in 2 weeks. I’m still trying to decide on a song to be played while this is going on. Any ideas?

  5. Jennifer Slater says:

    I’ve never heard of this! Beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

  6. Nikki Trent says:

    Such a unique addition to a traditional wedding ceremony. Love it!

  7. Brittani says:

    I’ve been to one wedding where they did the feet washing ceremony, it was absolutely beautiful! Great tips for couples thinking of including it!

  8. Leslie Ann says:

    Beautiful representation of how Christ loves his people. Love and serve others like Christ loved and served!

  9. Lela Johnson says:

    What a wonderful tradition. Thank you for sharing.

  10. Jill Marie says:

    Such a BEAUTIFUL tradition, and an absolutely lovely way to teach people about it!

  11. candi says:

    we have had one foot washing ceremony at a wedding so far. I think it is a sweet sentiment! 🙂

  12. SOOO love this and everything it stands for.

  13. Lee says:

    Wow! I’ve never seen this! I would love to have done this at my wedding!

  14. Misty says:

    Wow!! I can’t think of anything that is more respectful to your spouse than that!

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